Best 7-passenger vehicles

Our favorite people haulers for 2013

If you're hauling around a crowd, you need a ride with three rows of seats. So we evaluated dozens of models to find our favorite 7-passenger crossovers, minivans and SUVs.

To land on our list, they had to cost less than $45,000 and get at least 21 mpg on the highway based on EPA estimates.

We also believe safety should be a top priority for a vehicle whose main purpose is people-hauling. That's why we insisted that they be Top Safety Picks from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and receive the institute's highest ratings in front, side-impact and roof-strength crash tests.

Consumer Reports road-tests vehicles and collects data on such critical factors as driver satisfaction, reliability and cost of ownership. We only considered vehicles that it "Recommended" and have included the overall score (out of a possible 100) the magazine awarded each.

Our favorites are all 2013 models, and the prices you see include automatic transmissions, delivery charges and lots of convenience and safety features, including backup cameras.